Compassion International to Shut Down India Operations

Source: http://www.thehindu.com
Ten months after it was put on the Government’s “prior permission” list for donations, U.S.-based NGO Compassion International (CI), the largest international donor in India, says it will shut down India operations as it is unable to function with the strictures on funding.

The Christian charity has been at the forefront of a clash between the Modi government and the Obama administration. The Trump administration’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sworn in on Wednesday said in his Senate confirmation hearings that he would “look into the issue.”


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A Bigger Cheque for the Defense Industry is a Double-Edged Sword

By Nirupama Soundararajan and Dnyanada Palkar
Source: https://thewire.in

Over the past few months the major ask for defence in the 2017-18 budget has been for an increase in allocations. This year, finance minister Arun Jaitley has accommodated these requests and increased the overall allocation by 10% compared to last year (from Rs 2,48,005 crores in 2016-17 to Rs 2,74,114 crores in 2017-18). The obvious question is where this 10% increase is allocated within the budget heads under defence. However, before this, we must ask whether India’s defence allocation is adequate.

As a percentage of GDP, defence spending seems to have decreased in the last six years, particularly so since last year. This could be for two reasons. One, as the GDP base has increased, India’s defence spending has not risen concomitantly. Two, beginning last year, defence pensions have been categorised under a separate head, resulting in a whole percentage point decrease in the defence spend to GDP ratio.

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International Religious Demography: A New Discipline Driven by Missionary Scholarship


Source: http://blog.cpsindia.org

In our previous blog we noticed that the religious profile of Indian Subcontinent has changed drastically during the last decade, with the Muslims enhancing their share from less than 20 to nearly 30 percent between 1881 and 2011 and Christians gaining between 2 percentage points by the Census count and by around 5 percentage points by the count of the international Christian organizations. Share of the religions of Indian origin, Indian Religionists as we have called them, has consequently declined from 79 to between 67 percent by the Census counts and is likely to go below 50 percent within the current century. To put these dramatic changes in the religious profile of Indian Subcontinent in perspective, it is instructive to look at the changes that have taken place in the religious composition of the world in this period, which we propose to do in a later note. Before presenting the numbers for the world and its different regions and countries, however, we offer here some background of the sources of data on this subject.

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U.S Abortion Funding Cuts Hit Indian NGOs

Source: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com

US President Donald Trump's reinstatement of the `global gag rule', banning federal funding for organisations that provide information on terminating pregnancy, is expected to reduce fund flows into India by at least $10 million, or about Rs 68 crore, denying abortion-related services to thousands of women, according to estimates by NGOs working in this area.

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SC Refuses to Hear Petition Seeking Total Ban on Cattle Slaughter

Source: http://www.thehindu.com

A bench comprising CJI J.S. Khehar and Justice N.V. Ramana said it cannot direct States to frame laws banning slaughter of cattle.

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking either a total ban on slaughter of cattle or the framing of a uniform policy to protect and preserve them from slaughtering and smuggling.

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Science as Monster: Breeding and Killing Animals for Human Organ Replacement

By NICHOLAS WADE
JANUARY 26, 2017
Source: https://mobile.nytimes.com

For the first time, biologists have succeeded in growing human stem cells in pig embryos, shifting from science fiction to the realm of the possible the idea of developing human organs in animals for later transplant.

 

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